9. Direct relationship between writer and editor with no layers in between.
8. You have a small but experienced support
7. My publishing contract is only two pages, simple enough to figure out on my own.
6. Creative control, not feeling like you're at the mercy or whim of big business.
5. Willing to work with inexperienced and debut writers, giving voice to those who might not have a chance otherwise.
4. Time is cut from submission to release since there's not a zillion other titles ahead of you.
3. They are committed, dedicated and passionate about their work, doing it for love not money, and it's exciting to be part of that.
2. It's still traditional publishing, only on a smaller scale and without an agent.
1. The personal feeling that you're working with real people who care about your book as much as you do.
Several of the arguments against the small press are becoming obsolete. Like-- they don't have the clout to get you into major bookstores. Well, if fewer and fewer people are even walking into bookstores to browse and discover the unknown novelist, what difference does it make?
And like-- the big publishers have the big marketing dollars. Don't get excited about that, it's reserved for celebrities with their tell-all books and proven best-selling authors.
And this one-- you need an agent to maneuver you through the contract. Maybe so, but...*see #7 above*
Or-- you don't have to market yourself with the big publishers. hahahahahahahahahahahaha
So clearly I'm a big fan of the small press. Not that everyone has to agree with me, of course, because this is how I see it not how you have to see it. Plus there are many paths that lead to publication. Good thing or we'd all be crowding on the same one and people could get hurt.